It’s big bad Blue and now Darvish too

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Any thoughts that the Dodgers (79-32) will be caught in the race for the National League West banner is out of the question.

The Blue Crew lead the division by 15-and-a-half games over the Colorado Rockies and still have the best record in the majors after sweeping New York at Citi Field this past weekend.

Since June 7, the Dodgers are 44-7, topping what the New York Giants did in 1912.

The Boys in Blue clubbed the Mets 8-0 on Sunday with Cody Bellinger (two hits) drilling a two-run homer (32nd), Justin Turner (three runs and two hits) adding a two-run bomb, Logan Forsythe (two hits) slapping a two-run single while Austin Barnes and Chris Taylor each chiming in with run-tallying doubles.

The Dodgers prevailed 7-4 on Saturday behind five homers including Bellinger with a two-run shot, Corey Seager hitting a two-run bomb (19th), Yasiel Puig (21st), Taylor (two runs) and Turner (two runs and two hits) hitting solo rockets.

Recently acquired from the Texas Rangers, Yu Darvish (7-9) had an immediate impact in Friday’s 6-0 victory after turning in seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk.

Taylor (three runs with two hits) and Puig both clubbed solo homers while Chase Utley connected on a two-run dinger.

Alex Wood (13-1) scattered seven hits with one run over six frames during a 7-4 decision over Atlanta at Sun Trust Park on Thursday.

Taylor had three hits including a homer, drove in two runs and scored three runs while Seager added three hits.

The Braves snapped the Dodgers’ nine-game winning streak on Wednesday 5-3 as pinch hitter Tyler Flowers ripped a two-run blast in the eighth inning.

The Dodgers scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth frames on Tuesday and took out the Braves, 3-2, as Kenta Maeda (10-4) toured seven scoreless innings with two hits surrendered, one walk and six strikeouts.

Taylor had a run-scoring double, Bellinger (two hits) poked a solo homer and Puig added two runs and two hits.

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Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at richsports5@sbcglobal.net.

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